What is Dysarthria?

By: Suzy DiLorenzo - Registered Speech-Language Pathologist Aug 30, 2016
Oakville, Dysarthria, Speech Solutions

What causes Dysarthria?

Dysarthria is characterized by impaired muscle control over the speech mechanism as a result of central or peripheral nervous system damage. Unlike apraxia, dysarthria involves paralysis, weakness, decreased tone, or incoordination of the speech musculature. These muscles can be impaired with respect to range, strength, speed and timing and can affect respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation and prosody.

The major causes of dysarthria include stroke, brain tumors, head trauma, toxins and neuromuscular diseases, many of which are degenerative (e.g., Parkinson Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.). The degree of impairment secondary to dysarthria can range in severity from quite mild to profoundly reduced speech intelligibility. The overall goal of dysarthria therapy is to improve speech intelligibility and speech motor control.

Speech Solutions is a team of registered Speech-Language Pathologists with over 15 years of practice. Our SLPs have diverse clinical experiences ranging from the assessment and treatment of preschool and school-aged children, adolescents and adults with speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders, including accent modification therapy. Furthermore, we do not have a waitlist so you will never need to wait for an assessment or treatment.

In order to better serve our clients we offer extended weekday and weekend hours, Monday through Sunday. As a result, we provide treatment sessions outside of school and work hours which reduces any potential disruption to your busy schedule.

All assessment and treatment sessions are provided within the comfort of our client's home, school or daycare at no additional cost.

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